POLICE will be out in force this long weekend as part of a traffic blitz.
As part of Operation Regal, Echuca police will be targeting the key road risks over this period – speed, fatigue, distraction and drink and drug driving.
‘‘There are going to be a lot more cars about so we will be concentrating on high BAC levels, high speeds and impoundments,’’ Sergeant Paul Nicoll of Campaspe Highway Patrol said. ‘‘Now that it’s getting darker earlier and the colder weather is causing frost and fog, we urge motorists to drive to the conditions.’’
Over the border, double demerits will apply throughout NSW as part of the four-day Operation Stay Alert. With country deaths over-represented in the lives lost on our roads, Victorian Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer reminded motorists to have patience.
‘‘With the popularity of road trips to camping areas, trail bike riding and four wheel driving we do see increased traffic and risk in rural areas,’’ AC Fryer said.
‘‘I ask motorists to be mindful of changing environment conditions, to have patience, plan ahead and drive to the road conditions. Simply, take your time.’’